Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mixed Bunch Farewell


For me Mixed Bunch was a surprise inclusion on the retiring product list this year. The clear-mount version is sold out so if you are still thinking about purchasing woodmount is your only option and you need to get in quick! There's only 2 weeks left to order retiting items, but remember they are only available while stocks last.

For this card I once again decided to use an image in the set that I hadn't used that often. I thought the little dots on the petals would team well with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder that is also retiring. And then I had to give Itty Bitty Banners a last hoorah to finish the card off!

Do you like the colours I have used on this card? I thought I would start using a simple graphic to give an easy reference for colours I use on projects so you don't have to piece together the info from the product list :)


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A SMASHING Card

I said I would be back with another Avengers card, and here it is - The Hulk!

Not quite as detailed as my last male torso card, but still effective I think ;) Unlike my last card I didn't reference a specific picture to follow closely and went for more of a comic look than realistic. This was something of a frustrating card though as the practise turned out better than what was supposed to be the actual card...
The sponge dauber just didn't want to cooperate with precise ink placement, so I ended up using the practise go, even though I couldn't rub out the pencil marks without also removing ink. Some light sanding of edges for the Perfect Plum pant pieces with enhancement from the Elegant Eggplant and white Chalk marker for detail and distressing.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mother's Day Mosaic

Feel like I have been chasing my tail since coming back from convention, so this is a little later than intended but better late than never!

One item I was really sad to see on the recent retirement list was the Mosaic Madness stamp set and co-ordinating punch. Thankfully we will still have the mosaic embossing folder! So I thought for a last hoorah I would use Mosaic Madness for some Mother's Day cards this year - and I would use images from the set that don't coordinate with the punch (since I tended to use those co-ordinating ones more). The Modern Label punch, and the Label Something stamp set are on the retired list as well. I've also used three of the retiring In Colors with Crisp Canteloupe, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. I really love these colours together and have been using them quite a bit over the last few months, it will be sad to see them go :(

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cap's Shield

Last week I shared a Captain America card with you and promised more Avengers-inspired cards. Well today I actually have three! They are all based on Captain America's shield, and were very easy to make.
The great thing about these cards is that when cutting the circles I automatically had pieces for another card, with a different sized shield. To get the rings for the shield I positioned all the circle framelits on the cardstock before putting it through the Big Shot. So from one "cutting" I got 3 or more circles to use. I left some space on the bottom two cards in case I wanted to add a sentiment.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

2015-2017 In Colors

Hello all! I have something exciting for you today. As one of the attendees of the Stampin' Up! South Pacific Convention I was among the first people to get their hands on the 2015-2016 catalogue. While there was a lot of wonderful things happening at convention, and some awesome stuff to drool over in the catalogue, without a doubt the thing I am most interested in every year is a look at the new In Colors. While waiting for my pre-order to arrive, I like to get a good feel for how these colours might work with the other colours. One way I do that is to compare them to similar colours, and from there I get a sense of other colours they might work well with based on the colours they are most like. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and rather than use lots and lots of words to give you an idea what the colours are like, it's much easier to show with the graphic I have come up with. So here they are, the 2015-2017 In Colors!
These will look a little different to everyone due to varying screen settings - and nothing is quite the same as holding the cardstock in your hand, but you should still get a good indication of what they will be like. What do you think will be your favourite colour? I'm going for Mint Macaron myself!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Butterflies Suncatcher

I promised I would share something from Stampin' Up! Convention and here it is, a suncatcher made with the Butterflies thinlits dies!

I've had this idea kicking around in my head since I made the Rainbow Butterflies cards. I wanted to come up with something that had a similar effect, but a lot simpler to put together - I understand not everyone likes jigsaws! I thought of colouring the sections with ink pretty quickly, and it didn't take long after that to think that such an design would be more effective off a card where light could shine through it. When I didn't find time to try it out straight away, and while separately trying to come up with something I could make for Convention I realised the simple answer was to "kill" two butterflies with one project.  The method I decided on was the back the black cardstock with Adhesive Sheets before cutting the butterflies out. For the vellum I used the negative of the butterflies to trace inside the cut-out onto vellum. To ensure none of the vellum would be exposed on the outer edge I also cut inside the line... which was a good idea since the butterflies aren't actually symetrical so they don't line up perfectly. Luckily you can't see this from a distance. I chose to colour the vellum before sticking it to the black to ensure there wasn't any halo where the marker couldn't reach, but after mass-producing these I really don't know that that was necessary. With the butterflies not being symetrical you have to colour a much larger area than you need (especially when colouring the first side) and I often ended up having to touch up spots.

I think this would look as effective with a tealight candle so I am hoping to tackle that idea when I get back from Convention.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Catching Up With The Captain

I know, I know, it's been a bit of a break again! Got tied up with some other things and really haven't done a lot of creating of late. But I do have this to share, a Captain America inspired card:
I had actually made this a little while ago, indeed I made a few Captain America cards but this one is quite different to the others, so I thought I'd share this now and maybe share the others another day. With The Avengers: Age Of Ultron hitting cinemas - or already hit depending on where you are in the world - there'll probably be a new wave of Cap fans and maybe you can find some inspiration here. And it doesn't take a lot if you are looking to re-create this card! I will have another Avengers card to share soon, but tomorrow I am heading off for Stampin' Up! Convention on the Gold Coast, so my next post will be of a little something I will be giving to some other demos.

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